ISBN-10:
0745600824
ISBN-13:
9780745600826
Pub. Date:
01/15/1991
Publisher:
Wiley
Ideology and Modern Culture: Critical Social Theory in the Era of Mass Communication / Edition 1

Ideology and Modern Culture: Critical Social Theory in the Era of Mass Communication / Edition 1

by John B. Thompson
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Overview

In this major new work, Thompson develops an original account of ideology and relates it to the analysis of culture and mass communication in modern Societies.

Thompson offers a concise and critical appraisal of major contributions to the theory of ideology, from Marx and Mannheim, to Horkheimer, Adorno and Habermas. He argues that these thinkers - and social and political theorists more generally - have failed to deal adequately with the nature of mass communication and its role in the modern world. In order to overcome this deficiency, Thompson undertakes a wide-ranging analysis of the development of mass communication, outlining a distinctive social theory of the mass media and their impact.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780745600826
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/15/1991
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 6.07(w) x 9.01(h) x 1.09(d)

About the Author

His previous books include Critical Hermeneutics: A Study in the Thought of Paul Ricoeur and Jurgen Habermas (1981) and Studies in the Theory of Ideology (Polity, 1984).

Table of Contents

Preface.

Introduction.

1. The Concept of Ideology.

2. Ideology in Modern Societies.

3. The Concept of Culture.

4. Cultural Transmission and Mass Communication.

5. Towards a Social Theory of Mass Communication.

6. The Methodology of Interpretation.

Notes.

Index.

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